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The stage play R.U.R. [Rossum's Universal Robots], written by Karel Capek, has its first performance, a production by the amateur theatrical society Klicpera in Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic, Europe. The play is memorable mostly because it marks the first time the word robot is ever used, having been coined by Capek's brother Josef. The word catches on and will inspire others writers, film-makers and song-writers. Memorable songs inspired by robots include Robot Man by Connie Francis [1960], The Robots by Kraftwerk [1978], Are Friends Electric by Gary Numan[1979].
Hansjorg Moroder is born in Groden, Italy, Europe. After moving to Germany he will find succes in the early 1970s as Giorgio Moroder, an electronic pop pioneer, often cited as an influence on Kraftwerk. His electronic productions for artists including Donna Summer will powerfully influence disco music.
Ray Noble And His Orchestra record Harlem Nocturne for Columbia Records in the USA. Theirs is the first recorded version of the song, which will become a jazz standard.
Peter Zinovieff is born in London, UK. As a pioneer of electronic music, he will found and head Electronic Music Studios [EMS] whose VCS and Synthi A synthesisers will be used by musicians including Pink Floyd, Kraftwerk, David Bowie and White Noise.
The Kings Of Surf Music, The Beach Boys record I Get Around at Western Recorders, Los Angeles, California, USA. Intriguingly, I Get Around will give the quintet their first Top Ten hit in the UK where surf culture is virtually unheard of but, even more bizzarely, their fascination with cars and driving will inspire Kraftwerk in 1974 to create the first bona fide electronic rock hit, Autobahn, as a German equivalent of Beach Boys pop.
The Who complete a German tour with a gig at The Rheinhalle, Dusseldorf. Support on this gig is local band The Beathovens, which includes Wolfgang Flur, later to become a member of Kraftwerk.
Taj Mahal, Johnny Winter, The Keef Hartley Band, Hardin And York, Marsha Hunt, Little Free Rock, Renaissance, Krokodil, Brainbox, Bobbey's Children, Organisation and Kraftwerk play on the second day of the Pop And Blues Festival in The Grugahalle, Essen, Germany, Europe.
The second day of the Pop And Blues Festival in The Grugahalle, Essen, Germany, features Taj Mahal, Johnny Winter, The Keef Hartley Band, Hardin And York, Marsha Hunt, Little Free Rock, Renaissance, Krokodil, Brainbox, Bobbey's Children, Organisation and Kraftwerk.
Organisation, a group including two future members of Kraftwerk, Ralf Hutter and Florian Schneider, plays at the Pop And Blues Festival in the Grugahalle, Essen, Germany, Europe.
Electronic rock pioneers Kraftwerk play at at Gondel Kino, Bremen, Germany. The group, at this point, includes Michael Rother and Klaus Dinger in its line-up, both of whom will carry on into solo careers.
Kraftwerk begin recording the album Kraftwerk 2 at Star Musik Studio, Hamburg, Germany, Europe.
Kraftwerk are recording the album Kraftwerk 2 at Star Musik Studio, Hamburg, Germany.
Kraftwerk complete recording of the album Kraftwerk 2 at Star Musik Studio, Hamburg, Germany, Europe.
The Comet Kohoutek, sometimes called The Comet Of The Century, is first sighted by Czech astronomer Lobos Kohoutek. It will capture the public imagination and inspire such songs as Kometenmelodie [1973] by Kraftwerk, The Tail Of The Comet Kohoutek [1974] by Burl Ives and Kohoutek [1985] by R.E.M.. It is also thought likely that the Paul Simon song St. Judy's Comet is also about the appearance of Kohoutek.
The contract to design and build Spacelab 1 - a re-useable science laboratory for space flights - is given by the European Space Agency (ESA) to a consortium of companies from eight European countries under the leadership of the German space company ERNO Raumfahrttechnik in Bremen. Kraftwerk's 1978 song Spacelab is a celebration of this major technical step forward. Spacelab will first be launched successfully in 1983 from Kennedy Space Center, Merritt Island, Florida, USA, aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia.
Kraftwerk release their fourth LP, Autobahn, on Philips/Vertigo Records in Europe.
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Kraftwerk play at The Volkshaus, Zurich, Switzerland, Europe.
The Clash release their eponymous debut album in the UK on the same day that Kraftwerk release their sixth album, Trans-Europe Express.
The world's first luminous vinyl single, Neon Lights, is released by Kraftwerk in the UK.
Kraftwerk play at The City Hall, Sheffield, England, UK, Europe.
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Kraftwerk play at the New Theatre, Oxford, England, UK, Europe.
Kraftwerk become the first German act to top the UK charts with their re-released single, The Model.
Kraftwerk play at Teatro Tivoli, Bologna, Italy, Europe.
Kraftwerk play in the Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool, UK.
German electronic rock pioneers Kraftwerk play the first of two rare London, UK, dates at Brixton Academy.
Kraftwerk play at The Transbordeur, Lyon, France.
Kraftwerk play at The Transbordeur, Lyon, France.
Kraftwerk play at the Kurhall Oberlaa, Vienna, Austria.
The Tribal Gathering 1997 festival, a two day event, concludes at Luton Hoo Estate, Luton, England, UK, Europe. Artists appearing over the two days include Daft Punk, Faithless, Kraftwerk, Paul Oakenfold, Orbital, Cornershop, GusGus, Fluke, Two Lone Swordsmen and Audioweb.
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Kraftwerk play at The Riviera Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Radiohead and Kraftwerk play at Club Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina, South America.
Kraftwerk begin an eight-night '3D' residency at The Museum of Modern Art, New York City, USA. Each night of the residency features a different Kraftwerk album played in its entirety, accompanied by a '3D visualization' of the record. This, the first night, features their 1974 breakthrough album Autobahn.
German electronic rock pioneers Kraftwerk play at The Tate Modern, Camberwell, London, England, UK, Europe.
Kraftwerk play at Disney Hall, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Kraftwerk play at Disney Hall, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Kraftwerk play at The Fox Theatre, Oakland, California, USA.
Kraftwerk play at The Riviera Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Kraftwerk play at Pohoda 2014, Letisko, Trencin, Slovakia, Europe.
Kraftwerk play the second of two nights at Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin, Ireland, Europe.
Kraftwerk play at The Waterfront Hall, Northern Ireland, UK, Europe.
On their 3-D Concerts tour, Kraftwerk play at The Brighton Centre, Brighton, England, UK, Europe.
On their 3-D Concerts tour, Kraftwerk play at The Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, Europe.
On their 3-D Concerts tour, Kraftwerk play at The Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
On their 3-D Concerts tour, Kraftwerk play at The Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England, UK, Europe.
On their 3-D Concerts tour, Kraftwerk play at The Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, England, UK, Europe.
On their 3-D Concerts tour, Kraftwerk play the first of three nights at The Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK, Europe.
On their 3-D Concerts tour, Kraftwerk play the second of three nights at The Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK, Europe.
On their 3-D Concerts tour, Kraftwerk play the last of three nights at The Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK, Europe.
European Space Administration astronaut Alexander Gerst has his first interaction with a new artificial intelligence device, CIMON (short for Crew Interactive Mobile CompanioN), in the Columbus Lab aboard the International Space Station. During their interaction, Cimon plays the Kraftwerk song The Man Machine at Gersh's request, but does not stop playing the music when Gersh tells him to. Instead Cimon says, "I love music you can dance to." Later, Cimon tells Gersh, "Be nice to me."
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